LABOR: Hands Off

After 24 hours of continuous negotiations, a rumpled three-man Government board last week announced tentative settlement of the 57-day strike called by nonoperating workers against the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and its subsidiaries. The walkout had affected 29,000 workers and curtailed traffic in 14 states.

The agreement provided for the issues—mostly on health and welfare plans—to be submitted to arbitration.

In the past, railroad strikes have often brought White House intervention. Examples: in 1943 President Roosevelt personally worked out an agreement giving railroad workers an extra 5¢ an hour; in 1946 President Truman coerced a settlement by threatening, in a...

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